WHEN AN ANIMAL ATTACKS . . .
Every year tens of thousands of people are injured in animal attacks. Although most victims are not seriously hurt, some are, and some are even killed. The following information will inform you about some of the more frequently asked questions about animal attack injuries.
What Should I Do About an Animal Attack?
If you have been attacked by an animal, the first thing is to obtain medical care for your injuries. Almost as important is to get information about the animal and, if possible, its owner. If you have been attacked by a wild animal or an animal that you cannot identify, your doctor may insist that you get protective rabies shots, an uncomfortable, even painful experience.
Let’s take a moment and discuss this issue, assuming the animal was a dog. If you have been attacked by a dog that belongs to someone, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Make sure that you can identify the dog that attacked you. Also, get some basic information about the owner of the dog, i.e.; name, address, telephone number, and insurance information. In terms of getting information, treat this incident the same way as a traffic accident with another driver.
Making a Dog Bite Attack Claim
Making a claim normally first involves notifying the dog owner of the attack, including the date, location and identification of the dog. Sometimes more than one dog is involved and it is critical to identify which specific dog bit you. This is not always easy if the dogs are the same color and breed but perhaps one had a collar on and the other did not or something such as that which might help you distinguish the biting dog from the non-biting dog. Report the attack to the local police so that a proper report can be prepared documenting the incident and the dog can be investigated for rabies shots by the dog warden, police or department of health.
Next, speak to a lawyer with a LOT of experience in dog bite and dog attack cases. Do NOT call the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company and do not give any statements, recorded or otherwise unless it is to the police or dog warden involved in the case. Write down the names of any witnesses including a phone number for each and be sure to tell the police the names and numbers of the witnesses. And take photographs of the bite wounds immediately after the incident and as the wound heals over time, including photos of any post surgical healing if surgery has been necessary.
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Dog Bites Send Nearly 1,000 People to the Hospital Per Day.
Dog bites are not a trivial matter. Every year there are than the 4.7 million victims who experience this particular trauma. No one gets it like these people do.
Prompt and proper care is the primary concern. This is especially true with facial injuries or when the victim is a child. Now you ask: What happens if the owner doesn’t cooperate? Who is responsible for current and future medical costs?
But, dog bite cases often pose an emotional dilemma as well. After all, most incidents occur within the victim’s neighborhood and sometimes at the residence of a friend or family member. How you do proceed without turning your case into a public matter?
Worthington Law Group has been answering these difficult questions for over a decade. We understand the situation you’re in, the concerns you face, and the emotions you’re feeling… and we know how the law protects you.
Let our experience guide you. Worthington Law Group offers a FREE, no-pressure consultation for all dog bite attack cases. If there is any way we can help you, don’t hesitate to call for a consultation regarding your case. We’re here to help without any pressure or obligation.
- Fast attention to medical concerns. Your health is always our #1 consideration.
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